‘Witches’ and ‘Viruses:’ The Activist-Academic Threat and a Policy Response

7 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2020

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Joy Pullmann

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Dr Sumantra Maitra

Royal-Hist-Soc; Center For The National Interest - CFTNI

Date Written: June 18, 2020

Abstract

How much of academia is infiltrated by activists? Some conservatives claim that “neo-Marxism” and its sister paradigms like feminist pedagogy, post-structuralism, and post-modernism have long infected certain departments in the humanities and social sciences. Those paradigms have now spread to more disciplines and funding committees.

However, conservatives have been slow to explain how activist departments capture institutions. In that light, this policy brief reviews two feminist papers that detail institutional capture. The campus activism process is quite successful and it’s critical to show how activists use academic departments to capture institutions (both on the faculty and the administrative sides). For leaders who want to protect institutions against a political takeover, some workable and achievable policies can help them preserve a free academy.

Keywords: Higher Education, Academic Freedom, Free Speech, Ideological Bias, Universities

JEL Classification: I

Suggested Citation

Pullmann, Joy and Maitra, Dr Sumantra, ‘Witches’ and ‘Viruses:’ The Activist-Academic Threat and a Policy Response (June 18, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3630654 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3630654

Joy Pullmann

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Dr Sumantra Maitra (Contact Author)

Royal-Hist-Soc ( email )

The Royal Historical Society, University College L
United Kingdom

Center For The National Interest - CFTNI ( email )

1025 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC, DC 20036
United States

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